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Recall 00V418000

Ford Recalls 2000-2001 Focus Vehicles Due to Second Row Seat Back Hinge Failure

Recall Details

Ford has recalled certain 2000-2001 Focus three-door and wagon vehicles due to a faulty second seat back hinge pivot. When the seat is folded and then restored to the upright position, the pivot may fail. This may cause the seat and the seat belt to be unsafe. Dealers will install a revised seat back hinge pivot.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., January 24, 2001

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
January 24, 2001
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
95,000
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
00V418000
Component
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER
Summary
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: STATION WAGONS AND 3-DOOR VEHICLES. THE SUBJECT VEHICLES HAVE A FOLDING 60/40 SECOND SEAT THAT BECOMES A LOAD FLOOR IN THE FOLDED POSITION. WHEN THE 60% PORTION OF THE SEAT IS FOLDED DOWN AND A LOAD IS APPLIED TO THE FRONT EDGE OF THE LOAD FLOOR, THE OUTBOARD HINGE PIVOT COULD DISENGAGE FROM THE HINGE.
Consequence
IF THE SEAT IS THEN RETURNED TO THE UPRIGHT POSITION WITHOUT RE-ENGAGING THE HINGE PIVOT, THE SEAT AND SEAT BELTS MAY NOT PROVIDE THE INTENDED LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A REVISED SEAT BACK HINGE PIVOT.
Notify
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JANUARY 24, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673. ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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